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Fitness Pros: New E-mail Scam!

DontGetScammed

Don’t get scammed by the newest rip-off artists.

Apparently these guys won’t quit trying to steal money. First it was general public emails and now they are targeting personal trainers and fitness professionals. The newest scam asks you to take payment for personal training by credit card. However, this is done through email or text because they are hearing impaired or they’re traveling abroad and they can’t meet with you in person. And the training is not for them, it’s for their children (usually early teens). Oh, (AND HERE’S THE SCAM), they will be taking a car service to your location and they have to pay the driver, but the driver only accepts cash payment.  So, the person pay you an extra $1,050 on the credit card and asks you to pay the driver $1,050 in CASH.

You’ve got to be kidding me! How stupid do you think I am? I’m not even getting into the detail of how exactly you get screwed, but you’ll be out $815.00 in cash (in this example) if you do this. The credit card payment will be pulled back and you’ll have a firm grip on an empty sack.

Need details? Ask me, but you don’t really need them. The following is an email exchange I had with one of these pricks. After the last exchange I never heard another peep from this guy. Notice the poor grammar and spelling errors:

Him: “Hi Im Robert i need a personal trainer for my 2 daughters they have been adding much weight lately and i believe with a trainer like you they can achieve a good and healthy body so i like to know if there any in-person training or exercise you can offer for the ladies I’m booking this on there behalf and as a surprise they are 19-22 I’m hearing impaired so we can only do text/email I only have my credit card, do you have a card reader to charge my credit card?”

Me: “I’m happy to help your daugthers. We can meet in person to discuss. I am trained in ASL and have no trouble communicating with hearing impaired.”

Him: “Thank you for your responds, as i have stated before I’m booking this on there behalf and this a surprise to them so lets do the booking and payment they are medically and physically OK no injuries or surgeries they want to lose weight and get in better shape i read about you on social media so let me have your best packages/deals, they will be training together and will be coming to you 3x a week for the session we can start with 15 session in total for both of them. I do understand consultation is important and the paperworks(waivers and liability forms) but as I have stated before this a surprise to the ladies so lets do the booking and the payments and on the first session/introduction the consultation would be done I would only be able to give you the card information manually to charge on your card reader all paperworks will be done by the girls on there first session.”

Me: “I will have forms available for your 2 daughters to sign on thier first session. Price for 15 sessions for 2 people working out together (partner training for one 1 hour workout) is $xxx.xx per session – total for 15 sessions is $xxxx.xx. Price for 15 sessions for 2 people working out individually (individual training 1 hour each, total 2 one hour sessions) is $xx.xx per session per person – total for 15 sessions  of $xxxx.xx
When would you lie the first session?”

Him: I’m OK with the price I will like to make the full payment with my credit card I would have paid the driver already but they don’t accept credit card except cash so I will like you to add an extra $1050 to the total cost the extra $1050 is for the charter bus driver that will be bringing the girls for the training and once the charges clears you will have the $1050 deposited to the charter bus bank account.” 
– I’m thinking: “Are you friggin kidding me? Ok, wise-guy, try this one…” –
Me: “The card needs to be with a bank in the U.S.. I would require bank name from which the credit card is issued, name on card, full postal mailing address for which the credit card is registered, expiration date, and cvv code on back of card. I will run the card once your daughters complete their first session and sign the necessary agreements. The driver will be paid after that time. 

When do you want your first session?”

Silence…

 

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Caroline Needed a Cheerleader To Reach Her Goal

GoodAndPlenty“The most important thing that Tony did for me was (be) my cheerleader. He encouraged me every step of the way and if I slipped up …he was there to get me back on the wagon in a positive way. When I first started was in the worst shape of my life. I had never enjoyed exercising…Tony ‘got the ball rolling’ and I am currently in the best shape of my life. I love keeping myself healthy and I’m a much happier person now. Thanks Tony!

When I first started working out with Tony I had turned 30 and was in the worst shape of my life. I had never really enjoyed exercising before and did not understand anything about nutrition. When I was younger I had tried several fad diets and running but none of it worked because I did not enjoy it and I did not know what I was doing. I was determined to not turn another year older and be even more out of shape. When I talked with Tony he helped me figure out my goals and gave me easily understandable facts about what I should eat. Together we worked on various types of exercises which included a lot of strength building. I found that I actually really enjoy exercising but I had never known that since I never tried anything other than running.

The most important thing that Tony did for me was encourage me every step of the way. There were some days I was not able to perform as well as I had the previous week. Instead of letting me get discouraged, Tony was my cheerleader and the next time I came to see him I was able to do better. If I slipped up on my nutrition he was there to get me back on the wagon in a positive way. He was always able to find some progress for me to be happy with even on days where I was not the best I could be. These little victories encouraged me to come in to the gym on days where I did not have a session with Tony and work out on my own. Tony also gave me plenty of information about proper form so that I was able to successfully work out without injury and increase my progress.

It was a sad day for me when Tony told me he would no longer be working at the same gym where I was a member. However, he had helped me so much that I still continue to go to my local gym. I am currently in the best shape of my life and I work to ensure that I keep improving myself. Tony is the person who really “got the ball rolling” for me so to speak. My only regret is not starting ten years ago! I love keeping myself healthy and I’m a much happier person now. Thanks Tony!

It’s been great forging a friendship with you and even better to know I’ve had such a positive impact on you! All the best, Caroline!

5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF! Our Grand Opening and Fitness Fair Is This Weekend!

Come one, come all! Help us celebrate our GRAND OPENING and FITNESS FAIR this weekend. June 6 and June 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Fun and prizes with local businesses such as chair massages from Hand and Stone, giveaways and coupons from GNC, food from our friends at FIt Fuel Prep and more! Admission is FREE! ‪

Rehab a Troubled Groin



Tony performs one arm kettle bell swings

If you’ve ever suffered an injury you know exactly how long the process could take. And the older we get the longer it takes. Trust me… I’m finding out. 

These exercises in the video or not for a fresh injury. The squats on my kettle bell swings are shallow and wide. Are use hip thrust as much as possible and work on my coordination. With the kettle bell squats you’ll notice how I don’t go too deep it’s only to parallel and I stays as upright as possible. I also use the hip adductor machine. I’m very careful not to allow my hips to stretch too far open. 

There’s a couple of other videos that I’ll feature in the next article; some stability exercises for the feet knees and hips. 

A healthy dose of stretching opposing muscles, working stabilizers and slowly adding in compound movements as your strength and stability improve are all good advice for rehabilitating any injury. 

For more information contact us and speak to myself or one of our qualified trainers. 



band adductors



Bosu ball for stability



All Hail Louie Simmons!

Westside Barbell Logo

Westside Barbell Logo

Ok, he’s not God, a King or a Prophet, but Louie Simmons is a favorite of mine. Ever since my friend Freddie turned me on to Louie’s training style my life improved dramatically. Thank God that even after 25 years of of expertise I have always remained teachable and hungry to learn.

Here we go: For years I have had fiive – count them, FIVE, herniated or bulging discs in my lower back. Anytime I did anything those nerves would get pinched, flare up and I would be in EXCRUCIATING PAIN every minute of every day for at least three weeks. Now, I have an abnormally high tolerance for pain (or I’m just unworldly amounts of stubborn), but every breath felt like someone was sawing a knife in the core of my soul. Lying down didn’t help. Stretching didn’t work. Walking was a no-go. Nothing made it stop for even a second. Nada. Zip.

I learned Louie Simmons philosophy and my friend Freddie and I began training. With Freddie’s guidance (yep, He was my trainer) and Louie’s expertise we had a long distance rehabilitation program in the works. Within two weeks my sore shoulder, knees and elbows stopped hurting. After 6 months I was deadlifting and squatting more weight than I had ever lifted in my entire life and I felt great – at 42 years old!

Now, I’m not going to get all googly eyed and profess my love for Louie Simmons, but I am truly grateful for people like him who have overcome extreme odds and have then used their experiences to have a positive impact on the world.

You can read more about Louie Simmons and Westside Barbell. Please leave us a comment here and let us know what you think.

*Disclaimer: I have no monetary interest or connection to Louie Simmons or Westside Barbell. 

Chiropractic Care Saved My Life!

Tony with Dr Candino

Tony with Dr Candino

Ok, I’m biased. I love my chiropractors. Here’s why: I’m almost always pain free. Now, if you’ve ever herniated a disk or pinched a nerve, then you know exactly how heavenly it is if you are fortunate enough to get almost completely out of pain. If you’ve never experienced such a thing, then consider yourself lucky,

My favorite chiropractors on the planet are Dr Peter Lope and Dr Kevin Candino of Marlboro, NJ. I’ve been to MANY chiropractors throughout the years and no one – I repeat, NO ONE – has been able to relieve my pain the way these fine men have done. It didn’t mean much to me that Dr Lope won Chiropractor of the Year or that he is asked to speak around the world. Nor was I impressed that Dr Candino mentored underneath Dr Lope for the past 15 plus years. No, I didn’t really care about all that until I found out how much they cared about people. They studied me and my unique problems, they gave careful consideration to a course of treatment and how they got me out of pain. They evaluate me every time I come in and adjust accordingly. I’ve never had the same exact adjustment twice.

Over the years these fine Drs have become close family friends. Not just because they care for myself, my wife and my kids, but because they truly are caring people. I’ll go a bit more into how my wife met Dr Lope at a health food store and how they began working together (oh, my wife is a neuromuscular massage therapist). What a couple of great human beings and exceptional health care providers. Give them a visit at http://www.posturedocnj.com

Check out my friend Chef Jason Roberts

Everytime you eat you are either feeding disease or fighting it

Photo Courtesy of Chef Jason Roberts.

Gluten Free, but not taste free. I’m a follower of Celebrity Chef Jason Roberts ever since I met him at a training seminar. He’s full of passion and he’s on a mission. Check him out on instagram: http://instagram.com/chefjasonroberts or his website: http://www.chefjasonroberts.com/